Vaccines FAQs

Like humans, pets also require vaccinations to protect against harmful diseases. As a pet owner, it's vital to ensure your pet's vaccination schedule is up-to-date. At Hillview Veterinary Clinic/Bed & Biscuit, we are dedicated to protecting pets against infectious diseases through vaccinations. Once you visit our clinic, we will develop a vaccine schedule that best suits your pet.

If you want to learn more about why vaccines are crucial in keeping your pet happy and healthy, we've prepared some of the frequently asked questions we encounter daily about pet vaccinations.


What are pet vaccines?

Vaccines prepare your pet's body's immune system to fight diseases. Vaccines carry a weakened version of diseases to train the animal's immune system to protect against them. When your pet is exposed to the actual disease, the immune system recognizes it and fights the disease entirely or reduces its severity.

When should pets receive their first vaccination?

Pets should be taken for vaccinations when they are still young, preferably between one and four months old. Early vaccinations ensure that your pet does not contract preventable illnesses.

Does the law require vaccines?

The state of Ohio requires that all pets get vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a deadly, highly contagious disease.

What are core and non-core vaccines for pets?

Core vaccines are mandatory for all pets based on the severity of diseases, risk of exposure, and their transmissibility to humans. Non-core vaccines depend on the pet's lifestyle.

Core dog vaccines include distemper, rabies, canine hepatitis, and parvovirus. Non-core dog vaccines depend on your dog's risk exposure. They include kennel cough, parainfluenza, canine influenza, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis.  

The core cat vaccines include herpes, feline distemper, rabies, and calicivirus. Non-core vaccines depend on your cat's lifestyle. Bordetella, feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, and Chlamydophila felis are examples of non-core cat vaccines.

What are the benefits of vaccines?

Vaccination plays a critical role in your pet's health care. Vaccinations prevent many deadly pet illnesses, save money from the costly treatment, and prevent infections that may be passed on to humans. In addition, boarding facilities require that your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations for admission.

Visit Us for Pet Vaccines from Our Veterinarian in Reynoldsburg, OH

Vaccination is one of the easiest and most effective ways of helping your pet live a long and healthy life. If you live in Reynoldsburg or its surrounding areas, please schedule an appointment with Hillview Veterinary Clinic/ Bed & Biscuit for your pet vaccinations. We also offer other veterinary services like dental care, microchipping, and laser therapy to help your pet stay healthy now and for years to come.


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